Dave "Gruber" Allen is an American actor, guitar-player, and comedian. He is well-known for his character The Naked Trucker.
Allen has been involved with several projects that also involved the cast and crew of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
He was the titular "Gruber" in the Comedy Channel (later Comedy Central) TV series "The Higgins Boys and Gruber". That show was created and co-written by Joel Hodgson and would occasionally be referred to on MST3k. Hodgson and Jim Mallon also appeared on the program.
Allen performed as part of the cast of Joel Hodgson's "The TV Wheel".
Allen had a supporting role on the TV series "Freaks and Geeks", in which Trace Beaulieu and Joel Hodgson had recurring roles.
In a Oct. 1999 Yahoo.com inteview , MST3k writer and performer Paul Chaplin referenced Allen as the one who re-did and performed the acoustic version of the Love Theme song for trailers of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.
Allen was also involved with Cinematic Titanic. He played (in silhouette) Todd, the representative of the organization that had recruited the CT riffers and introduced each movie to them. Allen later performed with Cinematic Titanic at a 2008 St. Louis concert . At the event,Joel Hodgson revealed that Allen actually was responsible for suggesting the well-known MST3k initialization.
Allen co-starred in the short film The Frank.